Rebekah Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Rebecca:
From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin and Ecclesiastic Greek Rhebekka, which is derived from the Hebrew ribbqāh (noose), from rabak (to bind, to tie). The name, borne in the Bible by the wife of Isaac, was not used in England until after the Reformation in the 16th century.
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Becky, Bekka, Reba, Bekah, Bek, Bey, Bex
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For those interested in the "Biblical spelling" of the name: The original spelling of the name was in Hebrew, which uses an entirely different alphabet than English. However, between the spellings "REBECCA" and "REBEKAH," many people are surprised to know that the older Biblical spelling is actually "REBEKAH." (A common misconception is that "Rebecca" is the older spelling or that it is the only Biblical spelling, which is not correct.) The ancient Latin Vulgate (from the 4th Century A.D.) was the version of the Bible used within the church for centuries. The Latin Vulgate uses the spelling "REBEKAH" exclusively. Centuries later, when the Bible was translated into English in the 1600s (King James Version), the spelling "Rebekah" was used for the Old Testament, while the spelling "Rebecca" was used in the New Testament (see Romans 9:10). So, the older Biblical spelling is "Rebekah," but both spellings are in the original English Bible.
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Rebekah Mikaelson can be seen on the CW network on "The Originals," a spin off series of "The Vampire Diaries," along with siblings Niklaus, Elijah, Freya, and her niece Hope.